(3) Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my Beloved among the sons. I sat down in His shade with great delight, and His fruit was sweet to my taste.
Last week as the bride received affirmation of who she was from the Lord, there came a reality in her own heart of how much He loved her & how beautiful she was to Him. It is from this truth that she began to see Him in a way that she had not seen Him before.
In the natural realm, have you ever been in love with someone, and there comes a point that they say or do something that causes you to understand them more? Maybe it's a side of them you haven't seen, a character trait that has been hidden; it could be a situation in which they react or speak something that takes you by surprise, either good or bad. Whatever it might be, it causes you to come to a fuller understanding of who they are, and how they think. This realization will either cause you to love them more, or quite possibly have the opposite effect on you. While we are only human and love on a natural level, there is One who loves with perfect unconditional love, and He is the one who loves us completely. He will never leave us or forsake us.
As the bride realizes the unconditional love the Bridegroom has for her, it causes her to love Him even more. "We love Him, because He first loved us." (I John 4:19) Although we live in a fallen world, there is one truth that has stood the test of time. If you consistently show or react in love, you win every time. The Bible says it this way, "Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]." (I Cor 13:8 AMP) Have you ever heard the idiom 'love begets love'? It means when you give love you receive it back. This is what is happening in the progression of the bride and the Bridegroom.
In the days of Solomon, the apple tree was one of the most desirable and fruitful trees of all. It was known for its delicious fruit, as well as the vast amount of shade it provided. The Bride declares that her Beloved is like that apple tree, more desirable than any other. There is no one that can satisfy like He can. She also declares His shade, or His covering, is a place she can rest. She understands she does not have to strive to be good enough, or to work hard enough; but she rests, understanding He has paid it all. He has paid the price and His work is complete. Not only does she rest in His finished work, but she tastes the sweet fruit of it.
In closing, have you ever tangibly tasted His sweetness? It's possible, you know. Psalms 34:8 says, "Taste and see that the Lord is good." The Hebrew definition of the word taste means "to perceive, to make to eat, or to feed." The Lord wants us to perceive, or feed upon Him, with all of our senses. He has created us, His bride, to experience Him in every way possible. This includes our sense of taste. This may seem strange and new to some, but the Lord delights to surprise us in a myriad of ways. Any experience He chooses to give us will always be from a foundation of holiness and purity, because that is His character. As we continue our journey through the Song, we will see & understand more of experiencing Him with all of our senses.